August 3rd, 2015
Last year I was asked to join the Michaels Makers team, and this year I was thrilled to be asked to return to the team. Each month I get to create a project using supplies from Michaels, and share the projects on my blog. This year as part of the program, they invited all their bloggers to a Michaels Makers Summit in gorgeous Sonoma, California. We started off with an incredible dinner party at the Long Meadow Ranch. Every detail was perfect, and the food was divine.
So much thought was put into this event, I was truly in awe of everything. And we even made flower crowns, and I met so many wonderful crafters. A shout-out to my people here – Aunt Peaches, Lia Griffith, and Jaderbomb. It was such an incredible evening.
The next morning we headed to unsurpassed The Ranch Above, which had been transformed into a crafter’s paradise by the Michaels crew. The detail and styling was stunning, and all of the makers were beyond impressed.
There was even a giant floating hash-tag in the swimming pool. Amazing!
So many pretty details like these faux chandeliers made from custom picado flags.
Hanging umbrellas, and tented cabanas…
We had such a lovely day of crafting, we took four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug and great news – each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 (you can re-create one or all of our summit projects)! Here are a few shots from all my classes:
Looks pretty amazing right? It was an incredible experience to be able to go and craft with all of the amazing Michaels Makers and the Michaels team who coordinated everything for us. In case you haven’t met all 50 of this year’s Makers, check out each of our blogs and bios here! They’ll be posting about the summit as well, so its a great way to see more pics! Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels.
And I do have to show off my weaving that I took home and actually finished! I loved learning about weaving from the Creativebug folks (this weaving class is FREE until 8/22/2015). I decided to weave an “L” for Leo and hang it up in his room, that hopefully I’ll get to decorate by his birthday. Weaving is pretty easy, just time consuming. So it’s nice for a little late-night relaxation.
I love how it turned out… a little collegiate and masculine. I’m super excited to get it in his room.
We ended the summit with a lovely brunch, and then a Q&A session with the Michaels CMO. The setting at the top of this mountain was beyond gorgeous, and it was great to be able to talk to the minds behind the marketing at Michaels. I have to say that my favorite part of the weekend was getting to know so many wonderful people. All of the Michaels Makers are so so so nice and incredibly creative. The Michaels team went out of there way to make this event something to remember. Every detail was attended to, and their team was friendly, kind, and helpful at every turn. Thank you Michaels for an awesome summit, hopefully there will be many more in the future!
Check out all the other Maker’s posts about the Summit:
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April 22nd, 2015
Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer by having the Michaels Makers create gifts, treats, and parties for each of the six holidays this summer. For my project I created this America-themed party scape using so many great products from Michaels.
Notice the fab Marquee Love star and the cute tissue fans from the party section.
The centerpiece is this canvas that I painted using Hazel & Ruby stencil masks and some navy blue paint. It was super quick and easy and I love how it turned out.
Even these cute ceramic mason jars were from Michaels and the cute kraft and red straws.
It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects or Mother’s Day ,Father’s Day, graduation, birthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!
To see what the other Michaels Makers created, check out these posts:
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March 2nd, 2015
I’m super excited for this month’s Michaels Makers assignment. Michaels is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a trip Paris! To kick it off, all of the Makers created a paris-inspired project. What is more paris-inspired than a 16″ tall glittered eiffel tower?
Ad-tech Low Temp Glue Gun
I created some custom SVG files to cut on my Cricut for this project. I want to offer them for sale in my Etsy Shop, but I need to perfect them just a little bit more. This glitter card stock from Michaels is super thick, perfect for a structural project like this.
There was a lot of folding and to get a nice crisp edge on glitter card stock, I used a bone folder to crease all my folds.
I used all my trusty Ad Tech low temp glue gun to glue my 3D pieces together, And then pretty much just glued everything on top of each other starting from the top going down to the bottom.
The top was capped with this little piece, and then I put a skewer in through the middle of the top and glued it in place.
Then I adhered a little flag that I printed out, and tied on some ribbon, and voila (thats a french word, right?), my pretty glitter eiffel tower!
It’s such a beautiful decoration, now I just want to throw a paris-themed birthday party for myself!
- Now it’s your turn! That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.
- What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!
- If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.
And check out the rest of the Michaels Maker’s projects:
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